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Take Action

Many of the organisations that One World Week has worked with run campaigns and activities relevant to the OWW theme.

You will find summaries and links below to actions you might wish to take or draw attention to at OWW events.

At the end of the list are other organisations, which are acting on climate change and campaigning on similar issues to OWW, whose actions you may wish to support.

They include the Climate Justice Coalition (formerly the COP26 Coalition) which is transitioning to address the challenges left by COP26.

Black Environment Network

BEN has put multicultural environmental participation on the agenda in the mainstream. We enable environmental organisations and anyone working for change to work effectively with Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities through raising awareness, facilitating contact, speaking at events and providing training.

You can be part of this inclusive movement by always reaching out to include people from diverse cultures in anything that you do. If you need advice or support, contact ukoffice@ben-network.org.uk

Resources, publications and model approaches are available on http://www.ben-network.org.uk/resources/publs.aspx

Judy Ling Wong CBE, President Black Environment Network writes:
 
"Ethical Consumer and the Permaculture Association are teaming up to deliver ‘training for the future’: ethical lifestyle training designed to support individuals, communities and business in addressing their ecological, social and animal impacts.The course will focus on both individual and group action, and cover home-life, work-life and community-life.

We would love your input in shaping in the training - either through our 10-minute online survey or by joining us for a focus group session. The online survey is available at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZMGJ5HC

 

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Cafod's latest campaigns - here 

includes:

      "Fix the Sood System"   and reference to the effect of the war in Ukraine  

      "Cancel the Debt"

Cafod's Campaign on Climate Change:

      "Let's Reclaim Our Common Home"

-more here, including a video; a briefing and resources to help you take action against climate change

This quotation from Pope Francis seems particularly appropriate for the OWW theme:

Children and their future     

 "Young people are not meant to become discouraged; they are meant to dream great things, to seek vast horizons, to aim higher, to take on the world, to accept challenges and to offer the best of themselves to the building of something better." 

Pope Francis, Christus Vivit 15

Cafod's response to the Coronavirus emergency:

 (OWW updated May 2022)


                                          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christian Aid

 

Opportunities to Campaign for Change:

There are excellent resources: films, prayers etc. about actions we can take to stop climate change:

Climate justice- more here

- includes a petition about Loss and Damage to follow up on COP26

The call for a Debt Jubilee - more here

Building Back with Justice - A campaign to to reshape our world and reimagine a future that is built upon the intrinsic God-given worth of everyone as a foundation. Find a discussion guide here.

Coronavirus emergency

Christian Aid's appeal to help the most vulnerable- more here

 

-The BIG SHIFT

The banks have been using our money to invest in fossil fuels - The campaign has won a number of victories (News of progress with the banks - here). Currently campaigning to get HSBC to make the Big Shift -   you could email HSBC here to ask them to help combat climate change by moving our money out of fossil fuels and to invest in renewables - more here;  watch a very clear film here.

-The Big Shift Global

You can ask the World Bank to get all their money out of dirty fossil fuels and into affordable renewable energy to reach and benefit even the most vulnerable and remote communities. (more here) 

Displaced People:

volunteer to host a church exhibition tour to raise awareness of internally displaced people

CA have recently delivered a petition calling on the UK Government to ensure the UN negotiations include better protection for all displaced people, not just refugees but internally displaced people too. (A briefing paper is available here)

(OWW updated May 2022)

 

 

Commitment for Life

is the United Reformed Church’s global justice programme.

With their two partners – Christian Aid and Global Justice Now, they enable local congregations to pray, advocate and take action for the most vulnerable people.

Through Christian Aid they support three regions – Bangladesh;  Israel and the occupied Palestinian Territory and Zimbabwe.  See the "Moving Stories" about about the lives of individuals and communities in these countries.

Resources include:

Up to date briefing papers on the countries they support - here

Educational resources for teaching about climate change - separate ones for primary and secondary children - here

 

More on their website here

(OWW updated - May 2022)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GLOBAL DIMENSION

 Global Dimension is is run and managed by Reboot the Future, one of the two organisations (see also WCIA's Global Learning Centre (below)) taking on the representation of OWW with Global Education Week.

 

The Global Dimension website has terrific resources for teachers. It brings together resources, case studies and background information to help teachers and other educators bring a global dimension to their work.

Global Dimension have tweeted their three top picks for teaching about the Climate Emergency - Access them here:

https://www.campaigncc.org/schoolresources

https://www.theclimatecoalition.org/schools

https://economistfoundation.org/free-resources/

 

Reboot the Future

How Will You Reboot the Future?

- inspiring new conversations on the climate crisis and supporting young people to take action.

"We’re calling on all educators of 14-18 year olds to ignite your students’ sense of optimism, tap into their imagination and creativity, and inspire them with positive and personal ways of engaging in climate action."  more ...

Up to date resources and comment on current issues:

see: In-Focus topics: Refugees - Ukraine and Beyond;  the IPCC Report; Ukraine and Russia.) Find the latest - here.

 They are offering teachers a free Global Learning Wall Planner - order yours here- or take a look at the CALENDAR with monthly themes, special days (incuding OWW) and related resources

You can sign up to a regular newsletter to keep upto date on the latest resources, training opportunities, programmes and ideas.

(updated OWW October 2020)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fairtrade Foundation

Fairtrade and the environment

Fairtrade is an important tool in tackling climate change as, by raising incomes, it enables farmers to invest in adaptation, recovery from disasters and environmentally sound sustainable farming.

"8 ways Fairtrade farmers protect the environment" an illustrated article here

A  short video (Oct 2020) summarises how Fairtrade is tackling climate change -  here; plus several more case studies of the work farmers are doing - here

News

The Fairtrade/Mars partnership: Livelihoods Ecosystem Advancement Programme (LEAP), an initiative targeted to reach 5,000 farmers in the coming five years.  More here

During 2022, the Fairtrade Foundation is encouraging campaigning for Climate Justice in the follow up to the COP26 held in November, 2021 in Glasgow.  

Fairtrade Fortnight 2022 (21 February to 6 March 2022)

continued to focus on:

Choose the World You Want - A Festival of  "Climate, Fairtrade and You ".  (more here)

Most events were recorded so you can catch them on demand here.

Fairtrade and the Coronavirus situation

How Fairtrade producers are responding to the health threat: read the reports from Central America - here; Chile and Thailand - here; Sri Lanka - here ;

Covid 19 is driving more children into child labour - what Fairtrade can do to counter this threat - here

Ongoing Campaigns -

more here. They include:

FAIRTRADE AND CLIMATE JUSTICE - here

SHE DESERVES A LIVING INCOME  - here.

And see the latest development on this with the Mars programme

 

(OWW updated -  May 2022)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Global Education Week (GEW)

One World Week has been the UK representative of the Global Education Week, under the auspices of the North–South Centre of the Council of Europe. When OWW, the Charity, ceases to exist from March 2023, this role is being taken over by Global Dimension (see above) and WCIA (see below).

 

  Global Education Week takes place in mid November each year.  more information here

The over-arching theme since 2020 has been:

It’s our world, let’s take action together! '

The Week focusses strongly on activities within the framework of the SDGs. The slogan “It’s our world, let’s take action together!” focusses on rethinking our world together, using Global Education as a tool for solidarity and change. During the Week all are called to play their role as global citizens and contribute to a more sustainable and equitable world, by sharing solutions to rethink our habits and ways of living, but also finding new forms of education and socialisation.

The focus for 2023 is "let’s take action in November to promote solidarity and fairness through education".

Gathering and merging ideas is essential to the Global Education Week. Any parties interested can join this initiative by contacting the national coordinators of the network, (OWW in the UK) to engage directly in some of the activities already planned or by proposing new ones.

Relying on the European Consensus for Development, The North-South Centre and the Global Education network coordinators have developed a new outreach strategy for the Global Education Week (GEW). 

Visit the GEW's webpage here,with its 'toolkit' to support whoever wishes to join this yearly campaign.

 

 

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Global Justice Now

Global Justice Now runs significant campaigns which relate to how we can help bring about change in the world. Their reports, briefing papers and webinars offer insights and analysis into the injustice of systems that cause poverty and suffering and what changes are needed for a better world to become possible.

 

 Campaigns

Climate Justice - here

For Global Justice Now, dealing with the structural root causes of climate chaos means changing the rules of the global economic system. That is:

  • Changing international trade rules which give power to corporations and block climate action
  • Ending public and private financing of fossil fuel infrastructure in the global south
  • Changing a global debt system which locks the global south into dependency on rich countries and prevents them from investing in climate action
  • Holding transnational corporations to account for undermining human rights and fuelling climate change

( A useful film "The Growth Machine" [2m 29s]) here)

 

A People's Vaccine

 Rich countries are hoarding vaccine supplies, leaving lower income countries without. This is not just immoral but could prolong the pandemic. Leaving billions unvaccinated in the global south, could allow the virus to mutate rendering the vaccines hoarded by rich countries useless.

The government needs to remove the barriers to ramp up global supply and ensure fair allocation of vaccines.

 More about the campaign here

Calling for Debt Justice (here)- jointly with Debt Justice (prior to 16 May known as the Jubilee Debt Campaign Campaign), which has excellent briefings and a range of actions,  calling for cancellation of debt so poor countries can instead spend money on their under resourced health services to help cope with the epidemic.

 

More on their other campaigns and opportunities for on-line actions we can take now:

 

ACTION EVENTS - 

Find out how you can take part here

(OWW updated - May 2022)

The Islamic Foundation For Ecology And Environmental Sciences (IFEES)

is a UK based charity dedicated to the maintenance of the Earth as a healthy habitat for all living beings. "Our exertions since the mid 1980s have been directed towards creating mass awareness and include research, the production of teaching materials, training and project development and we offer this work as a gift to our fellow humans whoever and wherever they may be." (more here)

COP26 Declaration

Muslims across the UK and Ireland issued a united rallying call for world leaders to act decisively on the climate crisis.

"The statement, issued on Monday 18th October, was signed by 8 of the main national Muslim organisations in the UK and Ireland which represent a large number of the countries’ combined 2.7 million Muslim population."

Read about it and download it from here. (Also available in Faith Resources on OWW's website here.)

"Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change"

Find out about the "Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change" and download it from here

Thinking about a post Covid-19 Future

IFEES have issued a Statement: "What can we learn & do differently in the future?" about coming out of the Covid Crisis. Download it from their website here.

Muslim Green Guide to Reducing Climate Change

- download a copy from here.

 

(OWW - updated May 2022)

 

The Inter Faith Network

Their website has information and resources to help you find opportunities and ways to develop better understanding between faiths, here.

Up-coming Events COVID-19 update

Inter Faith organisations are finding ways to communicate and hold events in person and online - here is a list of upcoming events including details to register for online events.

(A 2020 statement from the Inter Faith leaders about the Coronavirus pandemic here)

Faiths and Climate Change

Local inter faith organisations and environmental social action - here

Inter Faith Week 2022  will happen from 13-20 November

Inter Faith Week has grown steadily ever since its launch in 2009. It is a fantastic opportunity for people of all faiths and beliefs to mix and learn; visit places of worship of your neighbours and find out why their faith matters to them;  get past stereotypes and misunderstandings and increase religious literacy; celebrate; dialogue; and volunteer together to help your local community. - All about it here

Specific ideas and resources for Inter Faith Week, here.

 (OWW - updated May 2022)

Islamic Relief

"We believe in working together to campaign and advocate on important issues that affects the lives of many in the UK and across the world. We are working on some of the most pressing issues facing the world today such as climate change, conflict, gender issues and more.

Current campaigns:

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Oxfam

 is "a global movement of millions of people working together to end poverty".

Its website outlines the main areas of its work and includes lots of stories about the impacts on people and communities - explore here.

You are invited to take action

on a range of issues with suggestions of messages to send MPs, including:

Climate Change:

     background here; action here

Oxfam is urging rich countries to fully fund an emergency response for the most fragile countries, and to double health spending in poor countries through aid and debt relief.

Rights in Crisis (the war in Yemen):

     action here

 

Patent free vaccines:  action here

 

You are invited to make donations and help fundraise -

to support Oxfam's programmes to tackle poverty - here

and to respond to Emergencies - listed here.

 

 (OWW update May 2022)

Act for our Future

Stop Climate Chaos Scotland

Scotland has its own coalition which helped secure the Scottish Climate Change Act targets which have reduced emissions by 45% since 1990

More about SCCS here

Find out about their current campaigns - here

 

 Stop Climate Chaos Wales

Wales has its own coalition - more about it here

 

(OWW update May 2022)

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OWW is one of a number of civil society groups supporting a campaign to Stop ISDS in UK trade policy. Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanisms allow foreign investors to sue national governments for any measures which harm their profits. This makes it harder for governments to regulate in the public interest and can cost the taxpayer millions. Developing countries are especially vulnerable as they pursue Sustainable Development Goals and legislate to improve their environment, employment rights and health of their people – any of which might harm foreign investors profits! Find out more about ISDS here, with examples of companies suing Governments  Find out which organisations are part of the STOP ISDS coalition here.

This campaign is especially timely as the UK reassesses its trade and investment policy in the light of Brexit, but it is also supported by groups across Europe and internationally.  If you wish to support this campaign you can sign a petition addressed to the UK government here.

(OWW updated May 2022)

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Save the date for The Great Big Green Week 24th September - 2nd October 2022

 

 

 

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Climate Coalition

Over 140 member organisations of The Climate Coalition (TCC) together have more than 22 million members. OWW has been a a member and we encourage our supporters to work locally with other groups to raise awareness of what needs to be done to tackle climate change. You can visit TCC's website to find out which other organisations are members - here.

The Climate Coalition has an exciting programme of actions through the year with a major focus on:

 Show the Love - in February  

Creative public engagement and green hearts - video here and more about the highlights of 2022

THE GREAT BIG GREEN WEEK -  24th Sept. to 2nd Oct. 2022

sign up here to get news, contacts and resources.

TCC have set up a brilliant website: www.greatbiggreenweek.com  with advice, resources and all you need to make a local impact and get everyone thinking and talking about climate change.  

 

You can still sign up to the DECLARATION here - which was launched on September 30th 2020 - more here
 

Reports

TCC has published a series of Reports assessing the risk from Climate Change to aspects of our lives.

Climate Action Report Card

TCC has given the Government a report card for climate action - read the report card here to find out what grade they achieved!                                                                                                                                                                                                                  TCC's report (Feb 2021): "This report comes with a health warning" looks at the impacts of climate change on health;

See their other reports here: Homes (2020); Food (2020); Homes (2019; Sport (2018); Iconic Landscapes (2017)

 

PLAN FOR A GREEN, FAIR AND HEALTHY RECOVERY

This was launched on June 15 2020 and sent to the Prime Minister.  It puts forward a 10-point plan to forge a resilient economy at home and overseas which puts climate action, sustainability and justice at the heart of our recovery.

You can download the plan and the letter from here

Take action together 

You can access their members list here and see if there are any local groups in your area that you can work with or join in any event they are organising; or you could invite them to yours!

 (OWW updated May 2022)

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Trade Justice Movement

OWW is a member of the Trade Justice Movement.

Click here for more information about their work

TJM has useful summaries of the issues related to current trade deals: here; and useful reports and briefings briefings about trade and climate here. Plus:

- its Manifesto on Trade agreements (published Nov. 2019) - you can read it here

- an alternative vision for trade policy- here 

- trade policy designed to explicitly support the Sustainable Development Goals and the development goals of communities in the world’s poorest countries: here


(OWW updated May 2022)
 

 

 

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Transform Trade

(formerlyTraidcraft Exchange)

"Join the fight for people centred trade. Together we can challenge bad trade practices that value profit at the expense of everything else" .

You can sign up to learn more here

(OWW updated October 2022)

Traidcraft Shop

The home of fair trade!

Find out more

Enhance your events with Traidcraft products - buy online - full catalogue here

 

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UNITED for Intercultural Action

OWW is a member of this European Network against nationalism, racism, fascism and in support of migrants and refugees. More about the Network here

Latest news here

including a report on the thematic day on Climate, Ecology, and the Environment at the World Social Forum on 29 Jan, 2021. here

 

Please note: UNITED is in the process of updating the addresses of member organisations. They have not yet entered the current contact details for OWW that we have sent them.

 

CLIMATE ACTION

Friends of the Earth  (FOE)

 

FOE are doing some excellent work on climate including a set of demands for a green recovery. More here including a useful video.

They have drawn up a green and fair recovery plan (you can read it here) and outlined various ways to get involved in local action including working with your local council.

You can find out how to set up a ZOOM meeting here.

The Welsh Centre for International Affairs, WCIA.

inspires people to learn and act on global issues so everyone in Wales can contribute to creating a fairer and more peaceful world.

WCIA includes a Global Learning Centre which seeks to inspire people’s interest in global issues and develop their understanding of why these issues are relevant to all of our lives. They build people’s skills and confidence to explore different perspectives and then take informed action.

WCIA's Global Learning Centre is one of the two organisations (see also 'Global Dimension' ) taking on the representation of OWW with the Global Education Week. (see above).